Communications Placement Assessment (CPA)

Your success and the completion of your college program are important to us. The Communications Placement Assessment (CPA) is an assessment process developed to place you in the appropriate courses.


The CPA is composed of two sections:

  1. Next-Generation Reading
  2. Next-Generation Writing

To be placed into a college-level Communications course, you require a knowledge of basic grammar and sentence structure, and reading skills at a high school graduate level. To prepare for the assessment, you may want to review a basic grammar text.

View reading sample questions (pdf)
View writing sample questions (pdf)


There are two sections to the math assessment:

  1. Next-Generation Arithmetic
  2. Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics

Calculators may be used during the assessment.

View arithmetic sample questions (pdf)
View quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics sample questions (pdf)


Will the CPA results affect my admission status?

No, except when the assessment is necessary to meet admission requirements as a mature student applicant or by specific programs for selection purposes. If you are a mature student applicant, please notify your admissions representative as soon as you have completed the assessment.

Where do I write the CPA?

Write the CPA at the Georgian College campus closest to you – Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound or South Georgian Bay. If you live out of province, please make alternate arrangements through Testing Services at the campus you plan to attend. Visit Testing Services to find out more.

When do I write the CPA?

Write the CPA as soon as you have been accepted and have decided to attend Georgian. If you choose not to write the CPA prior to your program’s registration, you will be required to register into the College Communications course.

What do I bring to the test?

Bring your Georgian College student ID number as well as photo ID.

Which assessments do I have to write?

Refer to the programs page to determine which assessments must be taken for specific programs or contact your admissions representative in the Office of the Registrar.
There is a fee included in your tuition-ancillary fees unless the assessment is for selection or admission purposes. The fee would then be required prior to your assessment. (The fee is $30 for Communications and $30 for Math).

I am a student with special needs, who should I contact?

We can make numerous accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please call Student Success at 705.728.1968 ext. 1523 or the campus closest to you.

How long does the assessment take?

On average it takes one to one-and-a-half hours to complete. The assessments are not timed and individuals may take as long as they need. The time taken to write the assessments bears no relation to how well an individual does on them.

Do you accept scores from other colleges?

Yes. We will accept scores from other institutions as long as the score is an official record, is recent, and the assessments are the same ones as we use. Please contact Georgian’s Testing Services at 705.728.1968, ext. 1235, for more information.

Can I waive the assessments?

Yes, but you will be required to register in the College Communications course unless you have applied for and been given an exemption for College Communications based on an equivalent course from another postsecondary institution.

Can I rewrite the assessments?

Yes, you have the option to rewrite the CPA once. Please contact the Georgian College campus of your choice to make arrangements. Also, please be aware that there is a $30 fee for rewriting the CPA. You must complete the assessments prior to registering.